|whoatherechunk ||09-12-2013 12:09 PM |
Refilling the grooves on bridge saddles?
Refilling the grooves on bridge saddles - is it possible? Is this something that would be easy for a machinist to do? Thanks!
|Grissle ||09-12-2013 12:23 PM |
You'll generally end up having to grind down the existing saddles and re-slot or replace them.
|peterkidd ||09-12-2013 05:18 PM |
Flipping them over is sometimes a solution.
|fhm555 ||09-12-2013 05:26 PM |
Short of some sort of epoxy or JB Weld solution, it would be cheaper and more durable to just buy new, or if you just gotta have something different, have that machinist you were going to hire to redo your old ones to make you a set of new ones from some exotic alloy.
|whoatherechunk ||09-12-2013 09:58 PM |
I would flip them over, unfortunately, they are Badass 1 bridge saddles. The only reason I grooved them extremely deep was due to the fact that it was on a bass that needs a low profile bridge. I'll try the Jb Weld Solution but I don't think I'm going to get too far. Bummer.
|walterw ||09-12-2013 10:04 PM |
bummer indeed, badass saddles are a good 2/3 the price of an entire bridge (assuming you can find either one these days).
|Bruce Johnson ||09-13-2013 07:21 AM |
One way that saddles can sometimes be repaired is to drill and tap a small hole vertically, right in the middle of the notch. Then thread in and LocTite a mild steel screw with a thick head, like a Fillister head. Then, file the new notch into the head of the screw. If you do it neatly, you'll end up with a small round button in the middle of the saddle, supporting the string. Almost like it belongs there!
|202dy ||09-13-2013 08:08 AM |
An elegant solution.
|Chasarms ||09-13-2013 11:55 AM |
A machinist might be able to weld them and grind them back out to the original slotless state, but the process would certainly destroy the finish. It may even distort them to the exent that they would not longer function.
I might let one of my welder buddies try it, but I don't think I would pay to have it done.
Originally Posted by 202dy
An elegant solution.
|whoatherechunk ||09-26-2013 03:36 PM |
Not too sure if the whole "elegant" solution is a sarcastic remark to my stupidity haha but thanks for the help guys. Learn from your mistakes and keep on moving.
|giorob815 ||09-26-2013 03:47 PM |
No, it was in reference to Bruce's (look above) 'elegant solution.' ;) Listen to him- the man KNOWS...
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